1983 Jeder Mensch ist ein Tisch, nur, ich bin ein Stuhl (Every Human is a Table, only I am a chair)
With Berni Woschek, Boris Jacobi, Michael, Angelika, Jimmy Cording, Tony Morgan, Cecile Bauer, Wolf Dosch, Anna Plakinger, Thomas Heinser and Hans Illner
Run time 1,32,43’Producer Lutz MommartzProduction Company MommartzfilmAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage GermanContact Information www.mommartzfilm.com
The people before the camera expose themself to the question: What do I have to tell the audience .
Mommartz converses with Interlocutors of his acquaintance or presents interesting and funny contemporaries. During the conversations he wants to break down barriers of various kind, improvising in front of the camera. This he achieves in different quality. His black and white camera he handles mostly rigidly (often one hears the running noise), sometimes in old school experimental way. In the sequence with Tony Morgan and and his friend, wherein Tony denies the clearly understood oppressive claim of Mommartz by presenting him simply and logical dead, the filmmaker tries to compensate Tonys silence by moving the camera around. This does not fit the scene. A very great scene, however, is associated with "Berni", who developes along with Mommartz basics of a possible film aesthetic using subscription and image constellations in a clever, funny and striking way.
Sometimes we do not want to be so close to the privacy of the people. So Mommartz' efforts are not enough this time . Above all, the result does not come close to Mommartz' otherwise undeniable film makers rank, which allows for example to take the Warhol comparison at all. In the prologue Mommartz asks cryptically: "How does the cow come from the ice ?" The butcher knows. But maybe I did not get rifght the whole movie. However, this is not necesarily the observers fault.
(SEBASTIAN FELDMANN, RP, 28.9.1983)
The Lutz Mommartz Film Archive is a collection of the film works of German film-maker Lutz Mommartz, considered to be one of the pioneers in the film genre known as the "other cinema". Mommartz was born in Erkelenz in 1934 and spent most of his life in Düsseldorf. He began making movies in 1967 and eventually became Professor of Film at the Kunstakademie Münster. He still lives and works in Germany, dividing his time between Düsseldorf and Berlin.
July 13, 2010
BAck in "the day" my friends used to have a similar expression.
"the whole worlds a tuxedo; and Im a brown pair of shoes"